By Kevin Hogencamp
Because of his quick and selfless actions that gave a fire victim a second chance in life, Dwayne Mann was named Tuesday night as Albany’s firefighter of the year.
“This is the type of heroism that goes above and beyond what we expect,” Fire Chief James Carswell said in presenting the award at the City Commission’s business meeting.
Early Aug. 16, Mann and firefighter Brian Hallman were performing a search-and-rescue operation at a fire at 2507 Nottingham Way when Mann found an unconscious person on the floor near the kitchen, which was engulfed in flames.
Mann began dragging the victim from the home and Hallman protected the two by keeping them safe from the fire. Mann pulled the victim to the front door, where two lieutenants helped him complete the rescue.
“It was all teamwork,” Mann said upon receiving the award.
Also honored Tuesday with medals of valor were:
- Hallman, Steve Hall, Tony Jordan and lieutenants Lorenzo Hall and Joe Potter for their work in the Nottingham Way search and rescue.
- Rod McKenzie and Stan Ruffin for saving a dog from a burning structure at 802 W. Gordon Ave. McKenzie gave the dog CPR while Ruffin assisted in administering oxygen. The dog survived.
- Capt. Billy Davis, Jonathan Wilson, Kemp Wiehrs and Marcus Glass for their efforts during an Aug. 7 fire at 612 Gaines Ave. The firefighters saved a victim’s life by administering shock to an unresponsive fire victim, who survived.
- Gene Anderson, whose quick thinking during a training exercise may have saved the life of a fellow firefighter from a neighboring department who collapsed in a burn simulator room.